Two teams looking to next year meet on Wednesday night on NBCSN, as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche. The Red Wings are last place in the Atlantic Division, while the Avalanche are in last place in the Central Division. The Red Wings should be small road favorites in this contest. These teams met twice last season with each team winning on the road, as the Red Wings won 5-3, while the Avalanche won 3-2.
Don't miss the ice action from the Pepsi Center at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Catch every moment of the game live on NBCSN.
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The Red Wings are beginning a quick two-game road trip as they are in Colorado on Wednesday and at Arizona on Thursday. The Red Wings will be rested as they had Monday and Tuesday off. Detroit is 13-21 on the road with 17 games going over the total, 12 games going under, with five pushes.
Detroit is coming off a 4-1 loss to New York on Sunday. Henrik Zetterberg is one of the only players for Detroit having a good season but he struggled against New York. "I made some boneheaded plays in the second, turned the puck over a few times," Zetterberg said. "They got full momentum out of that and scored two goals. I got to be better than that." Detroit has not won back-to-back games since mid-February.
The Avalanche were at Arizona on Monday and then had Tuesday off. Colorado is a pathetic 10-24 at home this season with 14 games going over the total, 13 going under with seven pushes.
The Avalanche are such a mess that one of their best players, Matt Duchene has lost his confidence. It didn’t help that the Avalanche moved him down to the third line to play with Joe Colborne and Carl Soderberg who are not talented offensive players. Head coach Jeff Bednar said that it is a desperate time for the team but he must be kidding, as the time for desperation is past, as Colorado is a lost cause.
Detroit and Colorado are simply awful on special teams. The Red Wings are last in the league on the power play at 12.7%. Detroit only scores 2.4 goals per game, which is 27th in the league. Detroit is okay in penalty killing, as they are 13th at 81.2% but they give up 3 goals per game, which is 26th in the league.
Colorado is next to last on the power play at 13.5%. They are last in the league in goals scored at two per contest. They are 25th in penalty killing at 78.1%, while they are last in the league in goals against at 3.3 per game.
The Red Wings finally got Jimmy Howard back from injury and he won his first game back. He is 6-8 on the seasons with a 1.96 goals against average. Petr Mrazek has been awful, as he is 15-26 with a 3.02 goals against average.
The Avalanche rely on Calvin Pickard with Semyon Varlamov lost for the season due to injury. Colorado is 12-24 with a 2.92 goals against average. Jeremy Smith is 1-4 with a 3.12 goals against average.
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Detroit has won six of the last ten in this series with three of the last five going under the total. Detroit has won the last four in Colorado with two of the last three going over.
It is hard to believe that NBCSN is actually televising this game, as it is a matchup between two bad teams. The Red Wings are at least trying and have some talent, while Colorado is a complete mess. I will lay the price and take Detroit in this game.
NHL Odds: Red Wings 4, Avalanche 2
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